Day Flag - Monte Vista Cemetery, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Most of the photos on my website, are placed here just to share with you.
However, I want to comment a bit more about this photo and what it means
to me, to make a point.
* I am
not a member of the VFW, I have never been a part of the military
Since 1993 on every Memorial Day, you can find me at a cemetery placing
American Flags on the graves of our U.S. Military. After a couple of hours
and all the flags have been placed, I normally participate in a Flag raising
ceremony at the flagpole with the local * VFW and it's members. Then at
noon, I'll return to that cemetery and raise the flag on the flagpole from
half mast to full mast for the remaining part of the day. About 5 o'clock
or so, everyone shows back up and begins the task of removing the flags
from the graves and to respectfully putting them away until the next year.
Here's the point I wanted to make. How come, year after year, the crowds
of people at the cemetery gets smaller and smaller? Every year there are
more graves that need to have a flag placed at it, yet fewer people show
up at 6 a.m. to help place them. I hope this is not a continuing trend,
and the crowds return shortly. Please think about it, and next Memorial
Day join us at the cemetery to place a few flags on the graves of the men
to whom this holiday is to honor. The beer and bratwurst will still be
there when your finished. In fact, we'll barbecue 'em together.